Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the recent outbreak of group A streptococcal bacterial strain.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

12 people have died while a further 20 cases have been reported, many among elderly people with existing health conditions. The infection risk of contracting group A streptococcal bacterial strain to the public is very low. Treatment with antibiotics is very effective, if started early enough. The local National Health Service continues to work closely with Public Health England and other partners to manage this local incident, and extra infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading in the area.

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